Student Scholars

The Central Arkansas Chapter annual professional development day (PDD) is a unique opportunity for Arkansas graduate and undergraduate students to immerse in high-impact project management and organizational leadership training. Our aim is to offer this opportunity at no cost to a handful of nominated students. Student nominations are solicited from school faculty in the Central Arkansas vicinity. Funding is provided through the Chapter’s PDD budget. In partnership with our Sponsors, this is one way the Central Arkansas Chapter contributes to proactively building strategic business intelligence in our state.

Congratulations to the following students for their recognition as project management scholars!

2018

Lucas Rayburn

School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)
Degree: Business Administration – Business Analytics and Human Resources
Volunteer Activities: Lucas is a volunteer at Our House in North Little Rock as well as the President of the Association of Information System (AIS), Student Chapter. The AIS chapter brings students interested in information technology and business together to exchange ideas and interact with professionals in the field. As President of the chapter, Lucas interacts with current students, alumni, and the community.
Future Plans: Following graduation from UALR, Lucas plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in Population Health Intelligence at Thomas Jefferson University. Afterward he plans to continue working in the healthcare industry on big analytics projects. Lucas values the role of project management in supporting evidence-driven decision making.
Special Interests: Lucas is an outdoorsman and loves to camp, float, boat, bike, hike, and sky dive.

 

Ibraheem Ejalonibu

School: UALR
Current Degree: Master’s in Business Information Systems
Completed Degree: MBA, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Future Plans: Following graduation from UALR, Ibraheem plans to work as an IT project manager and pursue a PhD.
Special Interests: Ibraheem is especially interested in technology management and enjoys volleyball and serving as a soccer referee.

 

LaTanya Blair

School: University of Phoenix
Current Degree: Business Administration – Project Management
Completed Degree: Business Administration – Retail Management, Texarkana College
Volunteer Activities: LaTanya is an election poll worker, as well as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the PMI Central Arkansas Chapter.
Future Plans: LaTanya has a passion for volunteer service and entrepreneurship. She plans to use her future development business as a platform for helping third world countries.
Special Interests: LaTanya is especially interested in architecture and enjoys traveling, shopping, and reading.

 

Jonathan Jackson, CAPM

School: Harding University
Degree: Business Administration – Information Systems (Project Management Concentration)
Achievements: Jonathan earned the PMI Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) Certification in 2018. He is a three-time GAC Champion, the 2016 Little Rock Invitational Steeplechase champion and Harding Cross-Country Freshman of the Year 2013, and attended the Second Team All-Conference in 2017. He also gave a presentation: “The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle.”
Volunteer Activities: Jonathan is a Track and Cross-Country Assistant Coach, a Children’s Bible class leader and Bison for Christ leader, as well as a volunteer for the Delta Therapy Dogs Society.
Future Plans: Following graduation from Harding, Jonathan plans to work as a PMP-certified IT project manager for a Fortune 500 company. He is passionate about adhering to ethical business practices and hopes to land a role where he can help a company grow its success while becoming more efficient in its operations.
Special Interests: Jonathan enjoys cycling, dog training, fishing, and backpacking.

 

2017

Carrie Hanson

School: Central Baptist College
Degree: BS, Management Information Systems
Honors: President's List Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017; Dean's List Spring 2015
Presentations/Publications: Workday Open Enrollment and Benefits Training; Onboarding training
Volunteer Activities: Carrie volunteers at Conway First Nazarene Church and Meal Pack.
Future Plans: Carrie would like to serve as a Senior Architect for Workday, helping to mentor and manage team projects, or as a Team Leader of Workday Architects.
Special Interests: Carrie enjoys spending time with family, running, and decorating.

 

Harley Halliburton, CAPM

School: Harding University
Degree: BS, Business Administration
Future Plans: Harley would like to serve as a project manager for a non-profit organization.
Special Interests: Harley enjoys music and outdoor activities.

 

Pauline Audras

School: University of Central Arkansas

 

Tevin Wilborn

School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

 

2016

Azeem Adabayo

School: University of Central Arkansas
Degree: BS, Computer Science
Honors: In addition to making the Dean’s List multiple semesters, Azeem was identified in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award Winner presented by UCA Student Life. He also received a Recognition of Achievement for dedication and leadership by the UCA International Engagement, and recognition of Valuable Contribution from the Lambda Epslion Chapter.
Presentations/Publications: Azeem presented to the African Students Association in 2015 on how to benefit from the University of Central Arkansas
Volunteer Activities: Azeem volunteered for the 2014 “Break for Bars” organized by the UCA Police Department. In 2015 he volunteered for the “Big Event” organized by the UCA Student Government Association, as well as for the Team Global welcoming of new international students to UCA. In 2016 he served in the Conway Eco Fest.
Special Interests: Azeem enjoys project management, photography, fashion, cars, and Software and Mobile Application programming.

 

Royce C. "Trey" Duncan III

School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Degree: BS, Business Information Systems
Honors: Dean’s List multiple semesters
Volunteer Activities: Trey volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
Future Plans: Trey's goals include a project anagement career and earning a Master’s Degree.
Special Interests: Trey enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, technology, and solving puzzles/problems.

 

2015

David Williams

School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Degree: MS, Business Information Systems; Bachelor of Business Management - Management Information Systems
Honors: David is the recipient of the Microsoft BizSpark Grant.
Volunteer Activities: David volunteers with the Bryant Soccer Association, Bryant Softball Association, and Toys for Tots.
Future Plans: David looks forward to developing and implementing Information Systems within the commercial construction industry. His goal is to cultivate and lead a strong IT and IS department and to support the construction company in being known for its outstanding communications skills, strong collaboration technologies, and sustainable, lean construction.
Special Interests: David enjoys playing sports with his children.

 

Holali Amegayibo

School: University of Central Arkansas
Degree: BA, Management and Information Systems
Honors: Holali is the recipient of the APSEC Committee Scholarship.
Future Plans: Holali looks forward to serving as a project manageer or business analyst within a large organization.
Special Interests: Holali enjoys reading, networking, music, and shopping.